On Sunday, January 21, a group of 20 girls from Lutheran High School South hosted a Girls’ Day and fashion show at the Peace Center for approximately 40 New American girls for the second year in a row. Thanks to many generous donations, the high school girls were able to collect more than 200 dresses for the New Americans girls to choose from, as well as more than 150 bottles of nail polish and several pairs of shoes.
The event began with New American girls of all ages and several birth nations congregating in the chapel to learn a dance. Afterwards, they moved to their first of several stations. At the different stations, girls had the opportunity to pick out and try on a dress, take pictures in the photo booth, get their hair, makeup, and nails done, and head upstairs for a snack. Once each girl had been to each of the stations, they congregated in the chapel for a message from Faith Reed, a youth group leader at St. Louis K-Life. She shared a message about being confident in the role God has given you in the Church.
Finally, at the end of the day, the girls participated in a fashion show. One by one, they were escorted by one of three senior boys from Lutheran South down the runway wearing their new dresses and showing off their new makeovers. Each participant also got to walk up to the stage as the song of their choice was played.
“Seeing the smiles on the girls’ faces as they walked down the runway made my day!” said Lutheran South senior Peyton Anderson.
“I am so thankful to everyone who donated to make this event possible. It will be a day these girls will never forget!” said Avery Starnes.
Riley Schelp has planned and organized the fashion show for the past 2 years, but because she will be going to college next year, she has passed the baton to Abigail Hanson and Avery Starnes.
Editor’s Note: We wish Riley, Abigail, Avery, and all the other members of the National Honor Society at Lutheran South the very best. Well done!
By Riley Schelp